Editor’s Pics

LAKHIMPUR KHERI VIOLENCE AND KILLINGS: EXPLAINED

Uttar Pradesh: The violence that broke out in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday resulted in 8 deaths and many casualties. 4 farmers were killed when a group of SUVs part of the convoy of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra ran over a crowd of farmers. The farmers, later on, went into an agitation that was toned down with the negotiations done by farmers union leader Rakesh Tikait with the officials in the Uttar Pradesh government. Below is a fairly brief timeline on how the violence occurred and the reasons observed.... Read more

HASEEN DILRUBA – FILM REVIEW

Haseen Dillruba is trying to bring in the flavor of pulp novels and the artifice is inherent to the story. It is trying to sell you an idea of love which rings true in pulp novels but lacks the great skill to make it believable. It only ends up feeding in the false romantic notion of what love should be.... Read more

16 YEAR MERKEL ERA COMES TO AN END IN GERMANY

Merkel is panning to step down now that the election results are out which could be a historic year for Europe’s largest economy. Chancellor Merkel has played the face of Germany and Europe at large, since 2005 when she first took office. Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) has claimed victory over the conservatives led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in federal elections on Sunday. SPD leader Olaf Scholz has a clear mandate to form the government now.... Read more

CRISES AND HEALING: NEW LESSONS IN THE WAKE OF A POST CAPITALIST WORLD

"When we bring our fights to the watering hole of grief, our political systems, natural environment, economic frameworks, civil society and culture all become living, breathing memorials to what we have lost. What we have lost becomes found, witnessed, honored. In this way, all social justice and human rights work is a collective act of gloried mourning. To have a movement that breathes, you must build a movement with the capacity to grieve."... Read more

LA LASAGNA, LA LA LA LASAGNA, HERE IN KOCHI

Delicious Marinara sauce slow cooked to perfection between layers of lasagne and amazingly cheesy Alfredo sauce. Available in beef, chicken and vegetable. At the end of a reasonably long corporate career, I found myself at the crossroad of indecision thinking what next.... Read more

GULLY BOY – FILM REVIEW

Gully Boy opens with Moeen (Vijay Verma) walking the gullies of Mumbai smoking a cigarette nonchalantly before he whistles out to Murad (Ranveer Singh). A simple and no frills attached entry for one of the biggest stars in India. This underlines what Gully Boy is all about.... Read more

DEVARAJ URS, A VISIONARY FOR KARNATAKA

20 August 2021 marked the 106th birth anniversary of D Devaraj Urs, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and a significant figure in Indian politics. Urs was elected Chief Minister twice consecutively in the state, from 1972-’77, and from 1978-’80. His political career was dedicated to the upliftment of the marginalised castes in Karnataka, making him one of the first few Chief ministers in the country to appoint a commission to identify the backward classes.... Read more